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Volcanic pall over Europe shows no signs of disappearing

April 18, 2010

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— The miasma of volcanic ash hovering over Europe showed no sign of dissipating Saturday, keeping thousands of forlorn travelers stranded across the continent for a third day and worsening economic losses.

The cloud of grit from the still-erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland began creeping as far south as Italy, forcing authorities to shut down airports in the northern part of the country.

This aerial image shows the crater spewing ash and plumes of grit Saturday at the summit of the volcano in southern Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier. A lingering volcanic ash plume forced extended no-fly restrictions over much of Europe on Saturday, as Icelandic scientists warned that volcanic activity had increased and showed no sign of abating — a portent of more travel chaos to come.

This aerial image shows the crater spewing ash and plumes of grit Saturday at the summit of the volcano in southern Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier. A lingering volcanic ash plume forced extended no-fly restrictions over much of Europe on Saturday, as Icelandic scientists warned that volcanic activity had increased and showed no sign of abating — a portent of more travel chaos to come.

Travelers anchored to Earth continued their scramble for hotels, or for trains, ferries and even taxis to reach their desired destinations. In Copenhagen, an enterprising cab company posted fares for long hauls across the continent: about $2,000 for passengers going to Amsterdam; $6,000 all the way to Madrid.

Most of British airspace remained closed, with planes grounded until 1 p.m. today at the earliest, despite a brief window of opportunity for a few flights Saturday afternoon from airports in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England. By Saturday evening, the volcanic pall covered the whole country once again.

In Germany and northern France, including Paris, authorities canceled all flights until early today. Irish, Belgian, Dutch, Austrian and Swiss airspace was restricted. Most major airports throughout Scandinavia were idled, including Arlanda, Stockholm’s largest, which warned on its website: “The forecast is now even more uncertain than before.”

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years ago

And why hasn't someone started to do something about this??? This damned volcano is screwing up everyone's highly important travel plans, and causing a great deal of upset and wringing of hands and wallets.

We live in a society where there are a significant number of idiots who think we can control the climate change of the Earth, just start a bunch of crap about "global warming". "green (almost anything)", carbon footprints", yadadadadadada. Why has someone not formulated a plan to plug that damned volcano, the natural processes of the Earth are messing up the trivial plans of humanity, and it is high time that we put a stop to it! Formulate a plan! Concoct some homilies about plugging up the bowels of the inner Earth (You know, like controlling the atmosphere above the Earth)! Get moving on it before natural forces cause imaginary catstrophe for humanity!

I am very disapointed that there has not been a national outcry to stop this little insignificant country (sorry Iceland) to allow such polutants and hazards to continue their upset of the human population.

To Action, bomb the damned crater, call All Gore, SOMBODY DO SOMETHING!!!!!!.

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barrypenders 4 years ago

And now there is the possiblility of the 'Earth' cooling down. Dad gum-it. Now I'm going to have to go out and fire up my 'SUV's' to try and warm the place back up again.

That dog-gone 'Earth' and it's 'Natural' processes are startling to make me think that humans are just a bunch of 'Pehcker Gnats' to 'Mother Earth'.

Hoo'd a thunk it?

Stimulus, PAD Money Motivations, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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